"Portraits of the 99%" is an ongoing photo project by San Francisco based portrait photographer Robert Schultze.
the protests in San Francisco CA started, Robert Schultze saw an
opportunity to photograph a variety of passionate people in a diverse
city. He took 64 portraits on white and didn't think a thing of it. On
October 9th the next day, after placing them on his blog he discovered
his blog and his website had
crashed overnight due to overwhelming amounts of traffic. His inbox had
been flooded with messages from people all over the country telling him
how beautiful and inspiring the photos were, and that he should come to
their city and do the same.
It was then that he realized this project was much larger than what he had initially thought.
started making contact with people involved in the Occupy protests
around the Bay area and traveled around via Caltrain and BART, simply
fulfilling his desire to take more photographs of this movement. By the
time he went to his third location, he knew he had something special on
his hands. He began contacting major publications such as Rolling Stone,
Time Magazine and the New York times. He set up an IndieGoGo fund so
that he could continue the project.
On November 19th the San
Francisco Chronicle published 10 of the portraits and wrote a brief
article on him and the project. That publication sent numerous donations
to his fund and has enabled him to leave the Bay Area and continue the
project around the country.
Since then he has taken over 300
portraits all over California with plans to travel the country in
December and January. His goal is to put a human face to the movement,
show that the people who are involved are really just the every day
ordinary citizens standing up for what is right.
His goal is
have the photos published in as many magazines, newspapers, websites and
blogs as possible. He is also approaching art galleries in hopes of
displaying the images in respectable, accessible spaces.